Japan Govt Rapped over Initial Response to Typhoon Faxai

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Tokyo, Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is facing mounting criticism over its allegedly insufficient initial response to a recent powerful typhoon that has left numerous households without electricity in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

"A political vacuum" was created as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet on Sept. 11 as planned, two days after Typhoon Faxai, the 15th typhoon of the year, made landfall, some people claim.

"That's impossible," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference on Wednesday, rebutting the view that the cabinet reshuffle led to a delay in the government's initial response to the typhoon. "We've been dealing with the typhoon promptly and appropriately since before its landing," the top government spokesman said.

On the prolonged power outages still crippling many areas in Chiba, he said that the government has taken "all possible measures" although it needs to examine its initial response.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Suga said that a cross-ministerial disaster response task force comprising working-level officials held five meetings after Typhoon Faxai's landfall, stressing that there was no flaw in the Abe administration's response.

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